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Covert channel-internal control protocols: attacks and defense

 
: Kaur, J.; Wendzel, S.; Eissa, O.; Tonejc, J.; Meier, M.

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Security and Communication Networks 9 (2016), No.15, pp.2986-2997
ISSN: 1939-0122
ISSN: 1939-0114
English
Journal Article
Fraunhofer FKIE ()

Abstract
Network covert channels have become a sophisticated means for transferring hidden information over the network. Covert channel-internal control protocols, also called micro protocols, have been introduced in the recent years to enhance capabilities of the network covert channels. Micro protocols are usually placed within the hidden bits of a covert channel's payload and enable features such as reliable data transfer, session management, and dynamic routing for network covert channels. These features provide adaptive and stealthy covert communication channels. Some of the micro protocol based tools exhibit vulnerabilities and are susceptible to attacks. In this paper, we demonstrate some possible attacks on micro protocols, which are capable of breaking the sophisticated covert channel communication or jeopardizing the identity of peers in such a network. These attacks are based on the attacker's interaction with the micro protocol.

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